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Youths paint murals for Virginia Ave. Park

Students from Edison, Grant, McKinley and Rogers Elementary Schools, as well as older youths from the Police Activities League and the Pico Youth and Family Center — teamed up with artist Ruby Mandanero to produce seven murals for Virginia Avenue Park. The elementary schools are part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the Police Activities League and the Pico Center are community programs of the City of Santa Monica. Mandanero, a Santa Monica artist, donated her time to work on the murals. Painting activities were held during CREST after-school program time. CREST is the city Child Care, Recreation, Enrichment, Sports, Together program. A reception for the young painters was held Thursday, June 17th, at Edison Elementary School. The murals are five-by-six feet and will be installed along the Virginia Avenue Park construction fence. Murals depict the farmers market, new park equipment, a Pico Center music studio and other park...

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12 receive scholarships from Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Westchester Council #3744 presented 13 scholarships to eighth- and 12th-grade students Sunday, June 6th. Each student, who resides in Westchester or Playa del Rey, received $500 and a certificate. Funds were raised by Council #3744 through “Fish Fry” and “Casino Knights” community events. The students are Alexandra Ayers, Megan Correnti, Timothy Deal, Paige De Marco, Christina Engler, Michael Harvey, Lauren Holloway, Kathryn Kaufman, John Le Duff, Michelle Mallek, Priscilla Padilla, Andrew Waldron and Mathew...

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Holocaust claims att’y to speak Fri., June 25

Holocaust claims attorney Randy Schoenberg will address some of these legal issues when he speaks at a Shabbat service and dinner 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 25th, at the Mishkon Tephilo synagogue. The synagogue is at 206 Main St. in Venice. Reservations are required by noon Tuesday, June 22nd. The dinner is $20 for members of the congregation, $18 for seniors who are members and $22 for non-members. Nearly 60 years after the end of the Nazi occupation in Europe, legal claims for the return of property taken from Holocaust victims persists in various courts. Schoenberg is currently the lead counsel in a lawsuit against the Republic of Austria. The lawsuit seeks the return of six paintings valued at $150 million that were taken in 1938 in Vienna from the family of a Cheviot Hills woman. Although United States law generally exempts foreign governments from lawsuits in domestic courts, an exception permits such cases of expropriations that violate international law, according to Schoenberg. The Ninth Circuit federal appeals court ruled that the woman could pursue legal action in California. Information, (310)...

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A hundred families protest Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts in front of his Schatzi on Main restaurant Wed., June 9th

More than 100 families surrounded Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Santa Monica restaurant Schatzi on Main to protest his plans to cut childcare and fund of CalWORKS (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) for California’s working families. The candlelight vigil of parents and children Wednesday, June 9th, urged Schwarzenegger to stop “catering to the rich by stealing from the poor.” Protestors who spoke said the governor’s budget protects wealthy Californians by cutting services to low-income families who need the services the most. “The governor talks about creating jobs in California, yet how can I work and take care of my child at the same time?” asked Lori Zaitz, a member of Parents Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER), a nonprofit organization that focuses on taking direct action to make positive changes within low-income communities of west Los Angeles. Zaitz says her daughter receives subsidized childcare from Westside Children’s Center, which is one of the programs that get state funding from CalWORKS. The governor’s revised budget, released May 14th, includes cuts that would significantly increase the amount low-income families have to pay for childcare, protestors assert. The budget also includes new time limits that would deny childcare to thousands of parents who have been able to transition from welfare to work because of access to childcare subsidies, they say. State Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees are reportedly opposed to these cuts proposed...

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Juneteenth celebration set for 3rd St. Promenade Sat., June 19

The Juneteenth Celebration Committee, in collaboration with the Pico Neighborhood Association, is presenting the 12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19th, at the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. The free event will start with an opening procession and feature a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by local ministers. Lulu Washington’s Modern, Jazz and African Dance Troupe, the Blackstreet U, the S.A. Puppet Theatre and local gospel choirs will provide live entertainment. The purpose of the event is to promote cultural awareness and offer historical perspective on Juneteenth. Juneteenth is recognized as the first celebrated holiday for African-Americans in the United States, commemorating the day when slaves received the delayed word of their freedom. Information, LaVerne Ross, (310)...

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